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Old 14th September 2010
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Four Thirds User (Fourthirds-user.com) is a sibling site to the e-group.

The long-awaited successor to the Olympus E-3 flagship DSLR, the E-5, is revealed today. We've spent some time evaluating a pre-production sample. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the E-5 is a solid development of the E-3 but has Olympus done enough?

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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

I am underwelmed!
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Very disappointing, I expected more from the E-5 not just a makeover.

Unless of course I am missing something!

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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

I have to say i'm very disappointed! I need an upgrade to my e520 but the price of that is mad compared to competitors.

I feel this may be the end
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

I will certainly take a look at the E5 at some point, but even though it will sell for less in the shops, at 1,500 it is way too expensive for me to want to run out and get one (which is exactly what I did with the E3!!).

I also feel at this high price it could lead to many Olympus owners either simply not upgrading, or even consider switching brand. I wonder what the street price will be?
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Unfortunately agree with the above comments. It is an insufficient step up and does not bring the fight to other brands.
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Just a warm-up of the E-3. Evolution not revolution. Disappointing but frankly not unexpected. Obviously brought out in an attempt to prove that regular 4/3 is not dead, but I suspect/hope there will be more announcements in the near future developing m4/3. If not, then I suspect Olympus will die in the water.
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

I agree with all said so far, I think at that price point some of the Canikons offer better value for money, not that I'm tempted
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I agree with all said so far, I think at that price point some of the Canikons offer better value for money, not that I'm tempted
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Where's the 'feature never before seen in a dSLR' and where is the innovation?
I shaln't be going for it.
Although my E-3 is fine, Oly's lack of R&D for 4/3rds is disappointing.
When I find a need to change my camera, it is looking less likely that it will be an Olympus. Either that or I will wait until the E-7 (if I am still around that is )
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The specs aren't very impressive but I guess there's a little development in the Image Processor (Less noise and higher DR?) But the price?!?!?! 1500? I can go and buy a new D700, 5DMkII and Sonys FF for the same price and (without seing any comparisons of the performance so far) it might give me more BFB (Bang for the Bucks) with the advantages of FF. Even the D90 is more tempting for almost 1/3rd of the price. I guess I'll get another E-600/620 as a second camera until further instead of upgrading to the E-5 that I was waiting for.
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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Completely underwhelmed at that price... E-30 will do for me.. I had been waiting for this to upgrade from my 510, but am now very happy that Jessops had that silly deal about a year ago.

Whilst ISO sensitivity is increased I see not one work about noise. It's always the argument and I would have at least liked to see a statement on what it means to use the high ISO - I still hope for some news on that

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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

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Completely underwhelmed at that price... E-30 will do for me.. I had been waiting for this to upgrade from my 510, but am now very happy that Jessops had that silly deal about a year ago.

Whilst ISO sensitivity is increased I see not one work about noise. It's always the argument and I would have at least liked to see a statement on what it means to use the high ISO - I still hope for some news on that

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There is no doubt that the E-5 has a modified imaging pipeline derived from the Pens, and these are already a stop better in terms of noise and ISO usability than the E-30, and I'd say a couple of stops better at the extreme limit of ISO range compared to the E-3, because of the E-3's banding problems at ISO 1600 and 3200.

ISO 3200 should be usable with care. ISO 6400 is only for emergencies, but is better than the E-3's ISO 3200.

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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Well, I certainly won't be upgrading. Nice 3" screen and the TruePic V+ processor will hopefully be an improvement in image quality but how will it cope with ISO 6400?

The dropping of Xd card is just a minor improvement but still no mode control dial like the E-1 and E-30. No manual focus switch like the E-1.

Sorry, but I'll stick with my E-3 and E-30 for now thanks. For the price I would go for the Nikon D700 body. I really do think the Four Thirds chip is nearing the limits of its range.

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Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

Will need to have a great image quality; the weatherproofing from the E3 will be my main want but not at that price. This might put second owner E3 prices up!
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